Today In Music, March 8th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 8th March):


1945. Micky Dolenz (ex Circus Boy star and Monkees‘ drummer) born George Michael Dolenz in Los Angeles.

On Stage

1968. Bill Graham opens the Fillmore East in New York City. Tonight’s opening bill features Tim Buckley, Albert King and Janis Joplin with Big Brother & The Holding Company.

In Court

1973. Paul McCartney is fined £ 100 at Campbelltown Sheriff Court for growing five cannabis plants in a greenhouse on his High Park farm. They were spotted by a crime prevention officer who called at the farm. The ex-Beatle pleaded guilty to cultivating the plants. A further two charges of having cannabis in his possession and under his control were dropped by the prosecution. Sheriff D.J. McDiarmid, presiding, was told by John McCluskey, Q.C., that his client had a “genuine interest in horticulture” and the plants, which had been grown from seeds “sent by a fan”, were not capable of being made into cannabis resin. Despite taking this into account, the Sheriff said McCartney was a “considerable figure of public interest” and “must be dealt with accordingly”. After the hearing, McCartney called for cannabis to be legalised.

In The Press

1992. The “News Of The World” print a correction to their story of September 18th, last year which stated that a coroner had reopened the investigation into the death of Jimi Hendrix. Today’s rebuttal states that the paper has been asked by the coroner to clarify that although independent investigators were allowed access to the case files, neither he, nor the police were seeking to reopen the case. 

The case of Hendrix’s death has been a subject for conspiracy theories for years. Here’s the article I did for the magazine “Idols” back in the mists of time.

On Television

1969. The Hollywood Palace (ABC, U.S.A.) Diana Ross & the Supremes (hosts) – “With a Song in My Heart,” “Strangers in Paradise”, “Without a Song”, medley: “Let’s Get Away from It All,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “Day After Day” and “I’m Living in Shame”; Stevie Wonder – “For Once in My Life”; Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder – “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”; Ethel Waters – “Suppertime”; Diana Ross and Ethel Waters – “Bread ‘n’ Gravy”. 


1973. Rod “Pigpen” McKernan, (Grateful Dead) dies of alcohol poisoning at his home in Corte Madera, California.

Music Paper From Today

New Musical Express from 8th March 1975. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. As you can see from the cover, NME was speculating that The Rolling Stones were about to announce that Mick Taylor‘s replacement was to be American guitarist Wayne Perkins. They even quote Ron Wood as saying Perkins is likely to be the new Stone. Perkins had been rehearsing with Keith Richards at Wood’s home studio.  

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